Itinerary Volunteer 6-week adventure

Your adventure will be structured and at the same time open to schedule changes. One of the things we pride ourselves on is giving you an authentic Thai experience, traveling like a local, eating like a local and embracing the adventure in the unplanned. Things are gong to change, people are going to be late, trains are going to be missed, embrace this ... and understand that this is the Asian way of life.

Sunday, July 2nd

  • This is the start of your adventure! Breakfast is included with your hotel accommodation, so dig in and get ready to start discovering your new surroundings. We will meet around 10:00am on the fifth floor for orientation.
  • Lunch break from 12:00 – 1:00
  • Now it is time to see some temples around Bangkok! Your travel expenses (BTS and boat ticket) are covered but bring extra cash for temple entrance, snacks, souvenirs, and shopping

Adventure Tip: Grab a free map at the BTS station and familiarize yourself with the stops, the Skytrain or MRT (the subway) will take you around the city for a few Baht and help you avoid the world famous Bangkok traffic. Your hotel is located at the Sala daeng (BTS) or Lumphini (MRT) but be sure to hop on the Sukhumvit line on the BTS to visit world renowned shopping areas and nightlife.

Monday, July 3rd

  • We will begin again at 10:00am on the fifth floor to start the TESOL part of the orientation and discuss English camp details
  • Lunch break from 12:00 – 1:00
  • Time for your first Thai lesson!
  • Welcome dinner in Khao San road - the cost of this meal is covered but you'll need to cover your travel expenses.

Adventure Tip: Indulge in a Thai massage, about 350 Baht to help soothe sore muscles after a long flight.

Tuesday, July 4th

  • Today we will travel to Ayutthaya. We will meet at 8:00am downstairs with all our luggage to make our way to Ayuttaya and leave the fast-paced city behind
  • The ride is about 1 hour. Once we get there you can check-in to your new accommodation and relax!
  • We will meet around 2:00 to visit the local school where we will do our English camp

Wednesday, July 5th

  • It's time for another Thai language lesson! Then we will break for lunch 12:00 – 1:00
  • A team member will check in with you to see the progress on your lesson plans and we will use the rest of the day to work on our opening ceremony and finish around 6pm

Thursday, July 6th

  • We start again at 10:00 to continue practicing our opening ceremony. We'll take a 15 minute break to prepare for lesson demos
  • We will observe the lessons and give feedback to help prepare your for the upcoming camp
  • Lunch break from 12:00 – 1:00
  • The afternoon is free to go see any temples that we have missed

Friday, July 7th

  • We have planned a motorbike city tour. We will start at 10:00 and give you all some instruction on riding motorbikes. If you feel comfortable on the bikes we will start our city tour (including temples and an elephant camp. If not there is also an option to take a tuk-tuk. Renting a motorbike will cost between 150-200 Baht a day.

Saturday, July 8th - Sunday, July 9th

  • It's weekend and that means you are free to go see Asia! We are only about 1.5 hours from the airport. If you are going to leave for the weekend, please let us know so that we can make arrangement with the hostel.

Monday, July 10th to Friday, 14th

  • Monday is the first day of English Camp! Woohoo! It is going to be a long day but the main goal is to have fun, introduce yourself, and get to know the kids. Don't worry if the lessons don't go as planned, you can focus on them the rest of the week
  • Meet at the school by 8:15am and ready to go

Adventure Tip: Smile! A smile goes a long way in Thailand. Also, speak very slowly, this is key and give the students opportunities to repeat the vocabulary several times.

Saturday, July 15th - Sunday, July 16th

  • Today is a free day, enjoy your last weekend in Ayutthaya! Once again, you are more than welcome to go see Asia! Please let us know in advance so that we can make arrangements with the accommodation.
  • If you decide not to go away we will make our way to the beach today, it will be a long, hot day but the travel will be so worth it!

Adventure Tip: For 200 Baht ($5) you can do a boat tour around the city. It last about 2 hours and is a highlight! Be sure to leave plenty of space on your SD card for pictures.

Monday, July 17th

  • We are renting motorbikes today and we will offer an optional guided tour around the island on bikes

Adventure Tip: Stay hydrated and wear a lot of sunscreen, bring cash for the motorbike rental and your passport (it will be needed to make the rental).

Tuesday, July 18th to Friday, 21st

  • Beach day!

Saturday, July 22nd

  • Today we will travel back to Bangkok to fly into Myanmar. It will be another long traveling day but we’re off on another adventure! Sadly, this is also when we need to say good-bye to our 3-week program participants.
  • We’ll check into our hotel and rest for the evening

Adventure Tip: Keep all your documents organized and make sure you have a pen to fill out customs forms while waiting in line.

Sunday, July 23rd

  • Today we will have the first half of the day as a free day. You’ll be exhausted from the traveling and we want to be full of energy for the next camp
  • We will meet up around 3 pm to discuss camp details and go over some of the differences between this camp and the last one

Adventure Tip: Try the Burmese pancakes from a street vendor, they’re delicious, made from coconut milk, flour, and nuts!

Monday, July 24th

  • Today is the first day of English camp in Myanmar. It is going to be a culture shock for some of you. This camp takes place at an orphanage and many of the kids come from desolate backgrounds but they are full of life and so happy to meet all of you
  • We will meet at 8:30 and have breakfast at 9 at the orphanage. Then we will first meet with the students from the small college on the grounds. We’ll conduct a lesson until 12:00 and then we will break for lunch until 1:00
  • When we return from lunch we will meet the younger students, this is a very large group of rambunctious kids. They are not used to so much structure, learning from foreigners, and they do not have many resources so you’ll need to be creative when conducting your lessons. The goal is to try to get the students to feel comfortable around you, have fun, and get to know one another

Tuesday, July 25th

  • Second day of English camp. We will have the same schedule. Take notice of your obstacles for this camp and adjust your lessons accordingly

Wednesday, July 26th

  • Another day of camp! You are probably exhausted so change things up this day. Try to partner with another volunteer and do your lessons together. Scrap your lessons all together and teach the kids a game or sport. You can even teach the older students a new song to learn, they love showing off their musical talents!

Thursday, July 27th

    You’re almost done! Keep up the hard work! Go on a nature walk, ask the college students to talk about the issues that are important to them and then turn that into a lesson by writing letters, creating an ad in the newspaper, starting a blog, etc.

Friday, July 28th

  • Today is the last day of camp in Myanmar; it is so sad but we hoped you enjoyed your time here. Make sure to take the time to exchange email addresses or take photos. Finish the song you may have started with the students, have an obstacle course, or a scavenger hunt. Get your hands on some balloons and even have a water balloon fight, just be sure to teach the students some vocabulary (for the younger kids) or sentence structure (for older students)

Adventure Tip: Ask our hosts about purchasing some handmade souvenirs from the people who live and work at the orphanage. These items cannot be found elsewhere and will go to a good cause!

Saturday, July 29th

  • The rest of the time in Myanmar is up to you to go and find your own adventure. Some of us will travel to world famous Bagan, Inle Lake, or Mandalay; it will be up to you to make these arrangements but it is highly recommended that you see other parts of this beautiful country

Adventure Tip: Think about these plans ahead of time and look into booking a tour at the hostel when we check in.

Sunday, July 30th

  • You will still be traveling or if you stayed behind then this is a free day for you

Monday, July 31st

  • It is your last day in Myanmar so make the most of it! For those of you that have been traveling, make sure to return this evening so you’re ready to depart in the morning

Tuesday, August 1st

  • Today we leave Myanmar for another adventure, Cambodia! This is the location of our last English and a favorite destination for many of our past volunteers and team members
  • We’ll meet up in the morning to make our way to the airport and then travel onward to Siem Reap
  • Once we arrive we’ll check into our accommodation and relax for the rest of the evening

Wednesday, August 2nd

  • Today is another adventure of a lifetime! We will tour one of the seven wonders of the world, Angkor Wat
  • We’ll meet up at sunrise to travel by tuk tuk to see watch the sun come up over the ancient temple. Breakfast will be included so don’t worry about packing snacks, but bring extra cash for snacks, lunch, and souvenirs

Adventure Tip: Today will be a long day and you will take tons of photos, make sure your devices are charged and you have space for several images on your phones or cameras. Bring something to cover your knees and shoulders because you will need to cover up to go inside the temples. There are hundreds of temples in Angkor Wat, we will cover your admission for a one day tour but you can also purchase a three day tour so think about what you want to see and how you want to spend your time.

Thursday, August 3rd

  • Today is a free day. If you purchased a three day tour pass to see Angkor Wat then your day is filled with adventure. If not, then take the time to see Angkor Wat and the famous Walking Street filled with shops, restaurants, and bars
  • For those of you who only chose to see one day of Angkor Wat then look into traveling to Phenom Phen, the capital city to learn about Cambodia’s history

Adventure Tip: Venture to the capital city, it’s worth the money/time to learn about the tragic history of Cambodia and see how this beautiful country grew from such a horrendous past into the smiling optimistic country it is today.

Friday, August 4th

  • Today is another free day to give time to those of you who traveled or bought a three day pass to Angkor Wat

Saturday, August 5th

  • Today is an optional tour day to visit a local, rural village Tonle Sap. This was a highlight of last year’s trip and we decided to put it back on the itinerary for other groups to enjoy
  • Meet up in the afternoon at your hostel to travel together as a group

Adventure Tip: This is a rural area so you may want to pack snacks, be prepared to see extreme poverty, and don’t be too alarmed if young children ask you for money or food.

Sunday, August 6th

  • Today is your last free day before English camp begins. This camp will be a little different from the others since we will be teaching high school level
  • We will use this day to go through new lesson plans or adjust our lessons for older learners

Adventure Tip: Remember that even though the students are older, their level of English may still be at beginner level so adjust the songs/activities but keep it simple!

Monday, August 7th

  • Today is your first day of English camp in Cambodia! Enjoy yourself and make new friends!

Tuesday, August 8th to Friday, 11th

  • Another day of English camp in Cambodia! As always, take note of what worked and what didn’t and adjust your lessons as needed

Saturday, August 12th

  • Today we depart Cambodia for Bangkok. It will be a long day so be sure you are packed and ready to go